Windward Dance Company

Windward Dance Company is a rep performance class for Upper School dancers, working with professional guest artists to create original works for the stage.

Windward Dance Company is a rep performance class for our most advanced and dedicated Upper School dancers, selected by audition. Students, while maintaining a strong technical foundation, learn and perform commissioned choreographic works through a series of short-term residencies with some of the most accomplished artists in the business today. Within this rigorous, artistic environment, this course seeks to prepare students for college level dance programs and a career in the arts.

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Longtime Windward Dance guest artist Yusha Sorzano has done it again. Each year she creates a beautiful piece that becomes the hallmark of our show. We are grateful for the way in which she helps us to elevate our program onstage and impacts the lives and learning of our student-dancers off stage. We love and respect you deeply Yusha! Happy Holidays!


Another artist residency comes to a close. Loni Landon completes her second piece for the Windward company. The textured landscape she has created challenged the dancers to find new understandings of quality and connection and Loni's perfectly demanding nature provided students a real world professional company experience. Next, we welcome Micaela G. Taylor and Madison Hicks!


What a way to start the year! Windward Dance Company residency with choreographer Brendan Evans is coming to a close. Excited for you to see the culminating work on February 1st. Stay tuned....


What a privilege to host these stellar artists for the 2019-2020 dance season at Windward. Choreographic artists-in-residence: Loni Landon, Micaela G. Taylor, Yusha Sorzano, Justine Menter, Evan Sagadencky, Brendan Evans, Norbert De La Cruz III, and alumna Lily Edwards; and launching us into the year is Ardyn Flynt leading students in a series of master classes.


So proud of Dance Company member Leila W. for being selected to join such a talented collection of young artists and many thanks to Francisco Gella and Jeffrey Hoffman for affording her this opportunity. Hope to be there in person to support this year's event!


Just a few hours away from the Windward Dance premier at The Broad Stage!


Final artist residency in preparation for the January 31st show has come to a close. We are grateful to Rehearsal Director in this process Marcella Lewis for setting Kyle Abraham's work. Thoughtful, thorough, poised and such a lovely example of professionalism and artistry. Look forward to sharing the work with you all in two weeks!


Just three weeks away from our biggest show of the year! We hope you will all join us on Thursday, January 31st at The Broad Stage. The evening features work by Kyle Abraham, Loni Landon, Marcus Willis, Yusha Sorzano, Jordan Johnson, Genna Moroni, James Gregg and Rubberlegz of Wewolf, and Windward alumna Annie Guest with special guest performances throughout the evening including Micaela G. Taylor's TL Collective and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!


We have been fortunate to host some amazing guest artists in Windward Dance over the last few years. Our most recent residency with Loni Landon is a reminder of the full potential for this kind of creative exchange with artists and students. It has been inspiring to observe Loni in action. She has pushed our young dancers to bring everything they have into the studio, impressed upon them the importance of approaching the work with intention, and in the process has not only created a stunning piece of choreography, but also gained 11 new devotees....12 if you include me! We love you Loni and can't wait for you to see it all come together in January.


Excited to have alumna Annie Guest working with the company! 11/15/2018

JA Benefit Show

Windward guest artists Jordan Johnson, Genna Moroni, and Micaela Taylor of the TL Collective will be performing for the upcoming JA Benefit Show. Great opportunity to support young artists in LA. Hope to see you all there!

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BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE The L.A. Memorial tribute to Alan Johnson at The Performing Arts Center

So humbled to have Windward Dance Company acknowledged for their involvement in Alan Johnson's Tribute and extremely proud of faculty James Patric Moran for leading the way. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE The Los Angeles Memorial/Tribute for Alan Johnson at The Performing Arts Center October 14, 2018 Alan Johnson was truly a man of many talents. On Sunday, October 14th, 2018, friends, all of whom are either dancers, choreographers, directors or actors, or all combined, that have...


Our second company just completed their first residency of the year with rising star Jordan Johnson, one of the most talented, thoughtful, and engaging artists we've had grace the Windward studio.


Sporting the new company gear!


Final rehearsal today with our first guest artist of the year Marcus Willis. What a talent and encouraging spirit. Great way to start the year.


As we launch into the new school year I am excited to announce our fabulous guest artists. As always, I do so with great enthusiasm and gratitude. Please join me in welcoming this talented group of artists creating work for our middle and upper school companies. Jordan Johnson, Loni Landon, Genna Moroni, Yusha Sorzano, Marcus Willis, Wewolf Co-Creators James Gregg and Rubberlegz, and Windward alumna Annie Guest. Stay tuned for another big announcement in the weeks ahead.


Dance Company end of the year party and senior sendoff. We love you Alexis! 02/19/2018

Interview with Barak Marshall: Dancing between Israel and America (Podcast) (Part 1)

An interview with Dance Company choreographer Barak Marshall. A conversation with Barak Marshall is like his choreography: fast-paced, peppered with diverse cultural references, and chock-full of attention-grabbing details.


Final rehearsal today with the talented Alyson Van before she heads off on tour. New work premiers April 17th!


Windward Dance Company's final rehearsal with Yusha Sorzano. We love you Yusha! Piece is stunning, can't wait for you all to experience on January 27th.


Katia K. photographed this morning with her cast. She has completed her first choreography with Dance Company, which will premier in the January 27th show. So grateful to continue the tradition of having talented young alumni return to work with Windward dancers and share their experience.

Happy Holidays! 11/16/2017

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Just wrapped our first choreographic residency with Hai Cohen. He has created a beautiful piece on the company. Can't wait to share it with you on January 27th!


What a great way to start the year. We love you Francisco Gella!


Each year I have the opportunity to share with the community our roster of guest artists and I do so with great excitement and gratitude. Please join me in welcoming this talented group of artists. Christina Bodie, Hai Cohen, Francisco Gella, Barak Marshall, Lindsey Matheis, Yusha Sorzano and Windward alumna Katia Kupelian.


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Happy to announce a new westside Gaga class! See details below....

Sundays 6:30-7:30pm beginning August 13th!
Cost: $20
RSVP: Mimi Wilheim
Danceline LA (formerly Your Neighborhood Studio)
3625 Hayden Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232

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Windward Dance's former guest performer Travis Wall will be performing with his company Shaping Sound at Royce Hall. Let's go out and support!


This two-week intensive is ideal for emerging dancers who are working toward intermediate and advanced course work. Classes will include ballet and modern technique, with additional instruction in improvisation, partnering, conditioning, and more. The goal is to support these young artists in their development and to further expose them to the ever-evolving contemporary aesthetic for which the concert dance world has become known and Windward’s Dance Company reflects.

Windward Arts Camp Page:
(See Dance Camp Intensive details under "Camp Descriptions" on left hand side of page)

Guest Artists:
Christina Bodie
Hai Cohen
James Gregg
Jordan Johnson

Dates: July 31 - August 4, August 7 - August 11

Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ages: Boys and Girls entering grades 5-6 and grades 7-12 in 2017-18 school year

Cost: $490 per session (Financial Aid available. If you cannot attend the full two-week intensive, prorated rates also available upon request.)


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